New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda: My Car Can Detect a Drunk Driver - Ragga Dee

Anywhere in the world, the Lincoln Navigator makes heads turn and commands respect on the road. Daniel Kazibwe aka Ragga Dee, a local artiste and businessman in Kampala, owns a 2011 model Lincoln Navigator.

The car is maroon in colour, bearing the UAR series registration number. It boasts of a spacious cream leather interior, with a complete home theatre system. He says it cost him $85,000 (about sh204m).

Reason for buying

I like good things, basically that is why I bought it. As a principle, I do not drive a car because someone else is driving it. I drive a car because I like it.

There are a number of things I like about this car. It is user-friendly and it tells you all the problems it has on a computer. It is a seven-seater, so I find it spacious.

It also tells you how many gallons of fuel it has and how long it will take you. Besides the fuel, it also shows you the direction you are taking and your current position.

Unlike most cars on the market where you have to pay for tracking, this one comes with a built-in satellite tracking system, making it impossible to steal.

Some parts function automatically, such as the driving mirrors. Once you sit behind the steering wheel, the mirrors adjust to suit you. The side mirrors also fold whenever they sense danger.

It is the only car I have seen with AC on the seat and the steering wheel. The seats also adjust to suit your height as soon as you take your seat.

My car is sound-proof and you cannot hear what is outside; people outside cannot hear what is inside either. It has tailor-made TVs and audio, which can compare with a public address system.

Safety features

It has 28 airbags on the seats and head rests. Right on the dashboard, it has a liquor sensor, so you cannot drive it when you are drunk. It also has traction control, which keeps you from veering off the road in case you have lost control.

It has autolights and wipers. As soon as night falls, the lights come on and the same applies with the wipers when rain drops on the screen.

Options for driving It can be driven as a full time 4WD or as a 2WD. In case you do not want to drive with the pedals, you can opt to use a switch. This makes it possible for people with disabilities to drive comfortably.

Its speedometer reading is 260 miles per hour (388km per hour). The engine is 7.3 litres and it is V12 with a double turbo. Surprisingly, though big, it does not consume a lot of fuel because it uses new technology which is also clean.

Pimping

One thing with this car is that it cannot be pimped. Anything you add to it, is rejected by the computer, saying it is not in the right state to use.

Dream Car

I am confused about my dream car. I cannot actually say I have a dream car because there are many more cars that are coming onto the market.

But out of all the cars I have driven, the one which has not disappointed me is the Cross Country G500, Mercedes Benz. It is a car of all seasons, rain, sunshine, work or party and can be driven by all classes of people.

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